POWERHOUSE Koroit will be bolstered today with the return of key defender Holly Greene for her first game since the Saints’ 2012 grand final triumph.
Greene, a star netballer and former championship-winning captain of Warrnambool Mermaids basketball side, put career ahead of sport last year as she started work as a nurse in Melbourne.
But Saints co-coach Kate Dobson said Greene had committed to make several homecomings this season.
Today’s match against second-placed South Warrnambool will be the first of consecutive matches for Greene, who is expected to return to the defensive end alongside goal keeper Emily Batt.
Dobson said Greene’s welcome return would give her unbeaten side a new dimension.
With Edenhope-Apsley recruit Teagan Lang having played at goal defence in the first two games of the season, Dobson said Lang could also play at the other end of the court at goal attack.
“We’ve never had that option of having a floater,” she said.
“Through the midcourt there’s Jacqui (Bowman), Kate (Foster), Carly (Pulling) and myself and there’s not the expectation we have to play four quarters and we have a few girls pushing for spots.”
One is Emily-Rose Finnigan, who car pools with Greene. While she has played in A1 in recent weeks, she will get her opportunity today in A grade.
Dobson said chronic tonsillitis would keep Cloe Pulling out of the side.
Dobson is excited about her side’s build-up to the match. She had all players available for training for the first time on Tuesday.
“We had a really good, hard session,” she said.
“The girls had a good hit-out against Hamilton Kangaroos in the last match.”
She said today’s clash was similar to the Kangaroos match because both opponents had improved from last season and were expected to push for finals berths.
“This will be another good test and having Holly back will be good.”